Aaron Paul: ‘I loved lying to people about Breaking Bad movie’

Aaron Paul didn’t struggle to keep news of Breaking Bad spin-off movie El Camino under wraps, because he “loves lying to people”.The 40-year-old actor reprises his role as Jesse Pinkman for the newly-released Netflix movie. Rumours began about El Camin…

Aaron Paul didn’t struggle to keep news of Breaking Bad spin-off movie El Camino under wraps, because he “loves lying to people”.

The 40-year-old actor reprises his role as Jesse Pinkman for the newly-released Netflix movie. Rumours began about El Camino before bosses confirmed it, but Aaron didn’t find it tough to fob fans off when they questioned him about the speculation – because he’s a good liar.

“It was so easy to keep it a secret,” he laughed to GQ magazine. “I love secrets. I love surprises. The last thing I want to do is spoil the surprise. I love lying to people, in the harmless way. It’s great. I think it’s a fun thing. Even after the film was in the can, people would say, ‘Look, are any of those rumours about possibly revisiting the Breaking Bad universe true?’ And I’d go, ‘You know, rumours are so funny. I’m hearing these rumours. I haven’t read a script. If Vince (Gilligan, creator) wants to go into that world again with me, I would, of course, jump at the chance I love that man.’ And that was it.”

Aaron and former co-star Bryan Cranston, whose character Walter White died at the end of Breaking Bad, also sparked rumours they might be reuniting for a sequel when they shared pictures of themselves posing in Mexico. It later emerged that the promotional snaps were for Aaron and Bryan’s mezcal line Dos Hombres, but that didn’t stop the screen star having a giggle when he saw fans’ excitement about a potential follow-up series.

“I mean, we were posting photos of ourselves, not in character. Us, like, walking in a river in Mexico,” he said. “Those characters don’t go to Mexico, you know? And Walt is dead. And I don’t have any of my Jesse Pinkman tattoos on. People were just… wishful thinking.

“And I respect that, and I love that. It shows you the excitement of this show, and the possibility of a movie or a new season was always looming in the distance for these hardcore fans.”

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Aaron Paul keen to be part of any Breaking Bad movie

Aaron Paul would love to star in a Breaking Bad movie, but says he’s yet to be approached about one.Fans have been hoping for a big screen version of the award-winning show since it finished in 2013, with reports surfacing in November (18) that a fil…

Aaron Paul would love to star in a Breaking Bad movie, but says he’s yet to be approached about one.

Fans have been hoping for a big screen version of the award-winning show since it finished in 2013, with reports surfacing in November (18) that a film was in the works.

When asked about the rumours, which stemmed from an article in the Albuquerque Journal, Aaron claimed to have no knowledge about the project.

“Rumours are funny — I once heard a rumour that I was being cast as Han Solo,” Paul said. “I haven’t heard anything about the Breaking Bad movie but if there is one and it comes together I’d love to be a part of it,” he said, according to Variety.

“If it were to happen, yes, I would love to do it,” he added, saying his character Jesse Pinkman would definitely be a part of it.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the New Mexico Film Office confirmed a film called Greenbrier was shooting in the area, with a film source stating it was the name of the Breaking Bad movie.

An ‘Untitled Breaking Bad Movie’ is also listed as filming on creator Vince Gilligan’s IMDb page, and according to a cast list obtained by RevengeoftheFans.com, Bryan Cranston has also boarded the feature.

During its five-season run, Breaking Bad won two Golden Globes and 16 Emmys. It has since spawned spin-off show Better Call Saul, about Bob Odenkirk character Jimmy McGill/ Saul Goodman.

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dominates Annie animation awards

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to victory at the 2019 Annie Awards, picking up all seven of the prizes it was nominated for, including Best Animated Feature. The movie, which focuses on a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales, also claimed accol…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to victory at the 2019 Annie Awards, picking up all seven of the prizes it was nominated for, including Best Animated Feature.

The movie, which focuses on a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales, also claimed accolades including Writing In An Animated Feature Production for Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, Directing In An Animated Feature Production for Rothman, Bob Persichetti, and Peter Ramsey, and Character Design In An Animated Feature Production for Shiyoon Kim.

The film’s domination caused an upset for Disney projects Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet, which had led all nominees heading into the Los Angeles ceremony on Saturday (02Feb18), with 11 and 10 nods, respectively.

However, Incredibles 2 only managed to pick up Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production and Music in an Animated Feature Production, while Ralph Breaks the Internet had just the one win in Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production.

Mary Poppins Returns landed Best Animated Special Production and Character Animation in a Live Action Production for the section where the characters enter a hand-drawn animated world, while Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production went to Bryan Cranston for Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film Isle of Dogs, and Best Animated Independent Feature went to Mirai.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s triumph at the Annie Awards is the latest success for the film this awards season. In January, it won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, beating Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Isle of Dogs and Mirai. All five are also competing for the Academy Award, and the winner will be unveiled on 24 February. The first three titles are currently nominated for the BAFTA.

The Spider-Man outing, featuring the voices of Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali and Jake Johnson, was released to glowing reviews in December and has so far grossed over $347 million (£266 million) worldwide against a $90 million (£69 million) budget.

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Glass tops North American box office for a second week as Matthew McConaughey’s new film flops

Thriller Glass has scored a second week at the top of the U.S box office with an estimated weekend haul of $18.5 million (£14 million). M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, which brings back his characters from Unbreakable and Split for a final movie, has…

Thriller Glass has scored a second week at the top of the U.S box office with an estimated weekend haul of $18.5 million (£14 million).

M. Night Shyamalan’s new movie, which brings back his characters from Unbreakable and Split for a final movie, has not snagged over $73 million (£55.3 million) for a 10-day total.

The Upside, Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s remake of French film The Intouchables, hangs onto the number two spot, while blockbuster Aquaman lands at three, becoming the biggest-grossing Warner Bros. superhero movie globally in the process.

James Wan’s film, starring Jason Momoa, has now passed The Dark Knight Rises as the studio’s top-grossing film featuring a DC Comics superhero. Aquaman has sailed past $1.3 billion worldwide, making Wan, who is already on board for a sequel, the only filmmaker who has delivered a billion dollar blockbuster for two different studios – his Furious 7 raced past $1.5 billion for Universal in 2016.

20th Century Fox’s new family film The Kid Who Would Be King and Spider-Man:Into the Spider Verse complete the top five, while Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway’s new release, Serenity, is notable for all the wrong reasons, becoming the worst debut for both its stars.

The film, which has split critics, limped in to the new top 10 at eight with just $4.4 million (£3.3 million).

Directed by Steven Knight, the film was made for a budget of $59 million (£44.7 million).

Meanwhile, Green Book is the leading Oscar nominated film at this week’s box office – the first since the Academy Awards nominations were announced on Tuesday (22Jan19).

Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen’s drama is the only nominated picture in the top 10, scoring a $5.3 million (£4 million) haul in its 11th week on release.

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The Upside upsets Aquaman with surprise box office win

Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s The Upside has ended Aquaman’s reign over the North American box office. Based on a true story, the Hollywood remake of 2011 French-language film The Intouchables stars Cranston as a quadriplegic aristocrat who forms an…

Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart’s The Upside has ended Aquaman’s reign over the North American box office.

Based on a true story, the Hollywood remake of 2011 French-language film The Intouchables stars Cranston as a quadriplegic aristocrat who forms an unlikely friendship with his ex-con caregiver, played by Hart.

The Upside has received a largely negative response from critics, giving it just a 39 per cent approval rating on review site RottenTomatoes.com, but film fans have been more receptive to the uplifting story, and have flocked to theatres, helping to take the movie to number one with an estimated $19.6 million (£15.2 million) in its opening weekend – almost double experts’ initial estimates.

The news also comes on the heels of Kevin’s Oscars hosting controversy, stepping down as MC for the 2019 ceremony after a series of derogatory Twitter comments aimed at the gay and lesbian community, dating back to 2008, resurfaced online.

The Upside replaces Aquaman as the king of the North American box office, after dominating for three consecutive weeks.

The DC Comics blockbuster, starring Jason Momoa as the titular superhero, slips into second place with a solid $17.3 million (£13.5 million), but the figure has helped to boost the movie’s global total to crack the $1 billion mark, making it Warner Bros.’ first to surpass the milestone since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Meanwhile, A Dog’s Way Home opens in third place with $11.3 million (£8.8 million), ahead of the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at four, and Escape Room rounding out the new top five.

Failing to enter the top 10 this week (ends13Jan19) was Keanu Reeve’s new sci-fi film Replicas, which flopped with fans and critics alike, earning just $2.2 million (£1.7 million) on wide release. The debut is the worst of the actor’s career.

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Bryan Cranston: ‘Remaking The Intouchables was a daunting task’

Actor Bryan Cranston was a little apprehensive about tackling a Hollywood remake of 2011’s The Intouchables, because he is a big fan of the French-language film. The Godzilla star forms an unlikely duo with Kevin Hart to play a quadriplegic aristocrat…

Actor Bryan Cranston was a little apprehensive about tackling a Hollywood remake of 2011’s The Intouchables, because he is a big fan of the French-language film.

The Godzilla star forms an unlikely duo with Kevin Hart to play a quadriplegic aristocrat and his ex-con caregiver in the revamped project, renamed The Upside.

Cranston admits he was nervous about taking on the gig because he didn’t want to do the original – and the real-life friendship the film is based on – a disservice.

“It was daunting because I really love that movie,” he said of the critically-acclaimed The Intouchables. “It was done so well, the actors are terrific and the story, based on a true story about these unlikely friends, who, to this day, are still friends.”

However, the idea of introducing English-speaking audiences to the touching “male bonding” movie was ultimately what convinced Cranston to sign on.

“They’re just from different situations, their culture’s different, their economic opportunities, everything was different, and how these two men became friends, it’s really a great story about male bonding and how this happens and how we bond as men, and it’s very hopeful,” he told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.

“It’s full of laughs and a lot of heartfelt experiences, and I’m just really proud of it.”

Cranston spends the majority of the movie confined to his character’s wheelchair, and it took him a little while to figure out how best to physically play a man suffering from paralysis in all four limbs following a tragic paragliding accident.

“I thought at first that I would have to get my body so rigid that it wouldn’t move at all,” he recalled. “The first 20 minutes of practising in my wheelchair, I realised I have to do the complete opposite. I had to become so zen, so completely relaxed, that I didn’t need to move, and so I would just sink into the chair and stay in that position.”

Spending the shoot wheelchair-bound made the Oscar nominee realise how tough it can be for those who aren’t able bodied.

“It really made me think of these people who are in that condition all the time and the challenges that they face,” he said. “I met with three different men who are quadriplegics (as research) and it’s a day-to-day journey for them to be able to face the physical restrictions and how that feeds on you emotionally. It’s tough.”

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Kevin Hart was a ‘sponge’ working with Bryan Cranston on The Upside

Working on The Upside was like attending a masterclass in acting for Kevin Hart as he “watched” and “learned” from true “thespian” Bryan Cranston. The unlikely pair has teamed up for the new dramatic comedy, in which Cranston plays a quadriplegic aris…

Working on The Upside was like attending a masterclass in acting for Kevin Hart as he “watched” and “learned” from true “thespian” Bryan Cranston.

The unlikely pair has teamed up for the new dramatic comedy, in which Cranston plays a quadriplegic aristocrat who hires a man from a very different background to become his caregiver following a tragic paragliding accident.

The Upside, a remake of 2011 French-language film The Intouchables, also stars Nicole Kidman, and Kevin admits witnessing the two Hollywood heavyweights in action on set was one of the big draws for signing on to the project, which is a bit of a departure from his usual buddy comedies and light-hearted action movies.

“Having the opportunity to work with Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, it was something that I jumped at, that’s an amazing group of actors and actresses to be in and I think that it was a great challenge,” the Ride Along star told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America.

Kevin shared the bulk of his scenes with Bryan, and he relished the chance to pick up a few tips and tricks from the Oscar nominee every day.

“He’s the best,” the funnyman gushed about Cranston. “When it comes to the definition of an actor, he’s it – he’s a thespian; it’s a craft that he’s perfected.”

“I was a sponge on set,” Hart continued. “I soaked up as much information as I could, asked questions, learned, watched how he approached his day to day, and what I really love about him is how he embraced the character. We wanted to make sure that we showed the world of a quadriplegic in as much light as we possibly could, by learning…, by having conversations with real people that are in that situation (sic).”

One skill Kevin was particularly impressed by was Cranston’s ability to snap out of character as soon as the cameras stopped rolling, no matter how tough or emotional the scene.

“Going into it, when we were working, he would tap in as Bryan Cranston and tap out,” Kevin recalled. “When he’s working, he’s working, and then when they say, ‘Cut!’, he turns back to Bryan.

“It’s the most unrealistic thing that I’ve ever seen. Like, there was one scene where we were crying (in character), and he’s telling the story of how he got paralysed from the neck down. He’s crying full-fledged tears, and then when they (directors) said, ‘Cut!’, he’s like, ‘So Kev, did you see the (sports) game?’ I was like, ‘What? You were just crying! How do you turn it off like that?'”

And working so closely with Cranston really helped Kevin step up his performance.

“I wanted to show the world that there was another level to me and my acting talent, and I’m very, very happy with the finished product,” he said. “I think it’s my best work to date, honestly.”

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Bryan Cranston ready for The Upside backlash

Bryan Cranston is ready to be criticised for playing a quadriplegic man in new film The Upside.Though it premiered at numerous film festivals in 2017, The Upside’s cinema release starts later this month (Jan19), beginning in Argentina, Brazil, and Russ…

Bryan Cranston is ready to be criticised for playing a quadriplegic man in new film The Upside.

Though it premiered at numerous film festivals in 2017, The Upside’s cinema release starts later this month (Jan19), beginning in Argentina, Brazil, and Russia, before being rolled out worldwide.

Bryan takes on the role of wheelchair bound Phillip, with Kevin Hart, currently under fire for past homophobic comments he made, playing his new carer Dell. Nicole Kidman and Julianna Margulies also star.

Addressing the issue of playing a paralysed character, Bryan has now told the Press Association that, as an able-bodied actor, he’s prepared for any negative feedback.

“We live in the world of criticism, if we’re willing to get up and try something, we have to also be willing to take criticism. We’re very aware of the need to expand the opportunities for people with disabilities,” he stated. “I think being cast in this role as a quadriplegic really came down to a business decision.”

Expanding further, the 62-year-old, who has played everything from a methamphetamine mastermind in Breaking Bad to former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in All the Way, explained that actors can’t be limited by only their own backgrounds.

“As actors (we are) asked to be other people, to play other people. If I, as a straight, older person, and I’m wealthy, I’m very fortunate, does that mean I can’t play a person who is not wealthy, does that mean I can’t play a homosexual?” he questioned.

“I don’t know, where does the restriction apply, where is the line for that. I think it is worthy for debate to discuss those issues.”

Bryan’s sentiments were echoed by Golden Globe winner Ben Whishaw on Sunday (06Jan19), as after his win, he told reporters that straight actors should be free to play gay characters, but more gay stars need to be cast in straight roles.

“It needs to be an even playing field for everybody that would be my ideal. I don’t know how far we’re away from that,” the openly gay star said.

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Breaking Bad movie in the works – report

A Breaking Bad movie is reportedly being added to the hit franchise.The New Mexico Film Office informed the Albuquerque Journal that a film called Greenbrier was to begin shooting in New Mexico from mid-November (18) through to early February. Though t…

A Breaking Bad movie is reportedly being added to the hit franchise.

The New Mexico Film Office informed the Albuquerque Journal that a film called Greenbrier was to begin shooting in New Mexico from mid-November (18) through to early February. Though the film office wouldn’t confirm or deny that the project was a Breaking Bad film, the publication claims that a source close to the project confirmed the production.

The Albuquerque Journal also reported that the movie “tracks the escape of a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom,” and according to a subsequent story by Deadline, series creator Vince Gilligan has written the film and will direct. He will be joined by producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein, with whom he worked on the AMC drama.

This is allegedly envisioned as a standalone installment in the franchise that lives in the Breaking Bad universe, however, it is not clear whether original cast members such as Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul will reprise their roles.

It is also unclear whether the project will be a feature or a television movie, as Deadline claim that deals are being made by Sony, but there is still the possibility that it could be sold to a TV network or streaming platform.

Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series ever made, winning 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and even entering the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time in 2013.

Set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cranston played Walter White, who is transformed from a meek high school science teacher into a ruthless player in the local methamphetamine drug trade.

In February 2015, a spin-off prequel series called Better Call Saul debuted. This was also created by Gilligan and, like its predecessor, has received critical acclaim.

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Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito join voice cast of The One and Only Ivan

Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito have been added to the voice cast of Disney’s The One and Only Ivan. The British actress and Matilda star have signed on to voice animated characters in the film, which centres on a silverback gorilla named Ivan and other…

Helen Mirren and Danny DeVito have been added to the voice cast of Disney’s The One and Only Ivan.

The British actress and Matilda star have signed on to voice animated characters in the film, which centres on a silverback gorilla named Ivan and other animals who live in a cage in a shopping mall. Further details about their roles have not been revealed at this stage.

They join the likes of Sam Rockwell, who will voice the titular Ivan, Angelina Jolie, who will portray Stella the elephant, and The Florida Project’s breakout child star Brooklynn Prince, who will voice a baby elephant named Ruby, a newcomer to the mall who inspires Ivan to plot their escape from captivity.

The movie will be a blend of live-action and CGI animation, and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston leads the acting cast, which also includes Ariana Greenblatt, who plays the young Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War, Ramon Rodriguez, Indira Varma, and Eleanor Matsuura.

The Disney adaptation went into production at Pinewood Studios outside of London this week (begs30Apr18) and is being directed by Thea Sharrock, who helmed the 2016 tearjerker Me Before You.

Ariana shared a behind-the-scenes look at the production on social media by sharing a picture of her getting her hair touched up as she reads a document while in a chair labelled “Julia”, her character.

“Set life #TheOneAndOnlyIvan,” she wrote in the caption alongside clapperboard and U.K. flag emojis.

Screenwriter and actor Mike White, whose previous work includes Pitch Perfect 3, School of Rock and The Emoji Movie, has written the script based on Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal-winning book. Jolie is producing the project alongside Brigham Taylor and the late Allison Shearmur, who passed away in January.

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